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28 October 2014
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Horse drawn ice cream cart
Ice cream straight to your door! Louis Meschia, ice cream vendor (1908)

© Courtesy of Serafino Di Felice
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

In the 1880s, a close knit Italian community developed in Ancoats, a central-eastern area of Manchester. Italians had begun moving to Manchester in the early 19th Century because of poverty and the instability caused by the unification of their home country. In his article, -Italians in Manchester 1841-1939-, Paul de Felici estimates that Ancoats was home to 600 Italians in 1891, which rose to 2,000 in 1914. Chain migration meant that whole families and even entire villages from particular Italian regions often regrouped in Ancoats. This regrouping was encouraged by the Italian system of padronismo, whereby a padrone (almost an agent) used his connections in Italy to recruit workers, bearing the responsibility for their work and lodgings when they arrived. Most of Ancoats' Italians originated from the Italian regions of Liguria, north west Italy and Caserta, south east of Rome. More...

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1 manjola harizaj from albania - 3 December 2003
"it is a good thing to remind the Italians that once upon time they also have been emmigrants "

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